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Contemporary Art Daily Text Analysis

Rob Myers, October 31, 2014 07:22 PM   License: Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International

cad-wordcloudContemporary Art Daily (CAD) is a leading contemporary art blog that publishes documentation for selected shows of contemporary art. It was started in 2008 by then art student Forrest Nash, who describes the site as follows:

Contemporary Art Daily is a website that publishes documentation of at least one contemporary art exhibition every day. We have an international purview, and we work hard to get especially high-quality documentation of the shows we publish.

Since 2008 CAD has published the details of more than 1800 shows including descriptive text, images of works included, and lists of artists involved in each show.

Nash describes the criteria used for selecting that documentation as follows:

Our criteria for Contemporary Art Daily is complicated and not perfectly reducible, but I like to say that we are generally trying to balance two motives that sometimes conflict with each other. On the one hand, we do have a kind of journalistic motive: we hope to in some way represent the breadth of what is happening in contemporary art, even when a particular artist is not of personal interest to us. On the other hand, we have a curatorial motive, to advance art we believe in and think is important. I am usually more concerned about making a mistake and failing to see or include something than I am accidentally letting something through the filter that doesn’t belong.


As a curated resource, CAD is not a statistically representative population sample of all available contemporary art shows. Like a museum collection, a survey show or a textbook it is a mediated, value-laden view of the artworld. Its popularity demonstrates the appeal of this particular view to contemporary artworld audiences. Analyzing CAD is therefore a way of gaining an insight into one popular view of the contemporary artworld.

The html code of was downloaded in January 2014 and processed with an R script to extract text and information from each post on the site announcing a show that fits their standard format. This data was then loaded by the R code in this file to generate the report you are now reading. For reasons of practicality and clarity Some analysis has been performed on the entire dataset, some on just the most popular entities (…most frequently occurring values) within it.

The presence or absence of surprises in the data may indicate fidelity or bias in the worldview of either Contemporary Art Daily or of the online contemporary artworld audience in relation to each other. The extent to which this generalizes to the culture or the reality of the wider contemporary artworld is open to question. Comparing CAD to the data of a more general art show resource website would provide evidence for this but is outside the scope of the current study. The reader’s intuition will have to suffice on these matters for now.

You can download an archive of the report here in several formats, the html version is by far the best:

Click here to download

The source code is available here:


Η Sketchfab διαθέτει 3D μοντέλα με άδειες Creative Commons

CC Greece, October 31, 2014 03:02 PM   License: Αναφορά Δημιουργού 3.0 Ελλάδα

H Sketchfab – μία ιστοσελίδα για την κοινή χρήση των 3D μοντέλων – μόλις παρουσίασε μια νέα επιλογή για τη λήψη αρχείων. Όλα τα αρχεία που επιλέγονται για λήψη διατίθενται με άδειες Creative Commons, συμπεριλαμβανομένων κι εκείνων που προέρχονται από «μεγάλους παίκτες» όπως η HTC, η Microsoft, το Βρετανικό Μουσείο και ο διάσημος σχεδιαστής Francis Bitonti.

Από την ανακοίνωση:

Αυτό καθιστά τη Sketchfab όχι μόνο το καλύτερο και ευκολότερο μέσο για να δημοσιεύσετε ένα αρχείο 3D, αλλά και μία πηγή εύρεσης και χρήσης περιεχομένου 3D, όπως παραδείγματος χάρη για 3D εκτύπωση, για να δημιουργήσετε βίντεοπαιχνίδια, να κάνετε πειράματα VR  ή, απλά, να μοιράζεστε και να συνεργάζεστε ιδιωτικά πάνω σε 3D σχέδια. Κάθε χρήστης μπορεί τώρα να επιλέξει να δημοσιεύσει περιεχόμενο 3D μόνο για προβολή ή για προβολή και λήψη, με άδειες Creative Commons.

Αυτή η εξέλιξη έρχεται σε συνέχεια ενός ακόμη σημαντικού βήματος: περισσότερα από 200.000 3D αρχεία έχουν μεταφορτωθεί στην πλατφόρμα μέχρι στιγμής, καθιστώντας τη Sketchfab ένα από τα μεγαλύτερα αποθετήρια περιεχομένου 3D και την κορυφαία πλατφόρμα δημοσίευσης διαδραστικών μοντέλων 3D.


¿Cómo comenzó el derecho de autor?

CC Chile, October 30, 2014 10:59 PM   License: Atribución-NoComercial-CompartirIgual 2.0 Chile

El copyright no comenzó como una forma de proteger a los autores ni incentivar su trabajo. Su origen está estrechamente relacionado con los deseos de la iglesia y el poder político para controlar los discursos que circulaban por Europa en el siglo XV, tras la invensión de la prensa de tipos móviles de Gutenberg.

En este video producido por Copy-me podrás conocer más detalles de la estrecha relación entre derechos de autor y censura. El trabajo está licenciado con CC:BY y ¡tiene subtítulos en español!



Sketchfab announces CC licensing; Microsoft, HTC, and British Museum early adopters

Creative Commons, October 30, 2014 09:36 PM   License: Attribution 3.0 Unported

Sketchfab – an awesome website for sharing 3D models – just unveiled an option to make files downloadable. All of the files marked for download are available under Creative Commons licenses, including those from some big players like HTC, Microsoft, the British Museum and celebrated designer Francis Bitonti.

From the announcement:

This makes Sketchfab not only the best and easiest way to publish and embed a 3D file, but also a great place to find and use 3D content – for example for 3D printing, to build video games or VR experiments – or just to share and collaborate privately on 3D designs. Any user can now chose to publish 3D content for display only, or for display and download under Creative Commons licenses.


This launch comes with another important milestone: more than 200,000 3D files have been uploaded on the platform so far, making Sketchfab one of the largest repositories of 3D content, and the leading platform to publish and embed interactive 3D models. We want to thank all of our users for that, we are proud to be home for your work. This milestone, combined with our new download option, is strengthening our position as The place to be for 3D files.

Sketchfab co-founder Alban Denoyel told us that his team knew from the start that they wanted to use CC licenses rather than create a new license for model use. “As soon as we started looking into adding a download option on Sketchfab, we wanted to find a legal framework to cover the way people could use the files, and CC was top of mind as the perfect solution to do that.”

And did the high-profile users like Microsoft and HTC have any qualms about CC? Not really, says Alban. “We had a pretty straightforward approach, exposing our plans of enabling download under CC, and asking if they were in or not. No special concerns were raised, they quickly jumped in!”

Congratulations, Sketchfab!

Wikidata II

Mike Linksvayer, October 30, 2014 09:35 PM   License: CC0 1.0 Universal

Wikidata went live two years ago, but the II in the title is also a reference to the first page called Wikidata on which for years collected ideas for first class data support in Wikipedia. I had linked to Wikidata I writing about the most prominent of those ideas, Semantic MediaWiki (SMW), which I later (8 years ago) called the most important software project and said would “turn the universal encyclopedia into the universal database while simultaneously improving the quality of the encyclopedia.”

SMW was and is very interesting and useful on some wikis, but turned out to be not revolutionary (the bigger story is wikis turned out to be not revolutionary, or only revolutionary on a small scale, except for Wikipedia) and not quite a fit for Wikipedia and its sibling projects. While I’d temper “most” and “universal” now (and should have 8 years ago), the actual Wikidata project (created by many of the same people who created SMW) is rapidly fulfilling general wikidata hopes.

One “improving the encyclopedia” hope that Wikidata will substantially deliver on over the next couple years and that I only recently realized the importance of is increasing trans-linguistic collaboration and availability of the sum of knowledge in many languages — when facts are embedded in free text, adding, correcting, and making available facts happens on a one-language-at-a-time basis. When facts about a topic are in Wikidata, they can be exposed in every language so long as labels are translated, even if on many topics nothing has ever been written about in nor translated into many languages. Reasonator is a great demonstrator.

Happy 2nd to all Wikidatians and Wikidata, by far the most important project for realizing Wikimedia’s vision. You can and should edit the data and edit and translate the schema. Browse Wikidata WikiProjects to find others working to describe topics of interest to you. I imagine some readers of this blog might be interested in WikiProjects Source MetaData (for citations) and Structured Data for Commons (the media repository).

For folks concerned about intellectual parasites, Wikidata has done the right thing — all data dedicated to the public domain with CC0.

¿Cuán usadas son las licencias Creative Commons entre los investigadores chilenos?

CC Chile, October 29, 2014 10:31 PM   License: Atribución-NoComercial-CompartirIgual 2.0 Chile

mailchimp blog portada revistas academicas

Esta semana, ONG Derechos Digitales ha publicado “Revistas académicas chilenas: políticas editoriales y derechos de autor”, la segunda parte de una investigación comenzada en 2009, respecto a las políticas editoriales de las publicaciones de investigación científica en Chile.

Al revisar los resultados de este nuevo estudio, es muy interesante constatar la importante penetración que tenido Creative Commons entre los investigadores chilenos: En 2009 solo el 6,2% de las publicaciones adoptaba alguna de las licencias de CC, mientras que hoy ese número llega al 18,7%.

Y si en 2009 solamente se utilizaban dos de las seis licencias disponibles, hoy todas se encuentran en uso por al menos una publicación, siendo la CC:BY (Atribución) la que ha experimentado un crecimiento más dramático, casi quintuplicando su número en relación al estudio anterior.

Este crecimiento viene de la mano de otras cifras interesantes reflejadas en el estudio: hoy el 19,7% de las publicaciones académicas se distribuyen exclusivamente en formato electrónico, respecto al 9,7% que lo hacía en 2009, mientras que la licencia CC más usada en Chile es la CC: BY – NC – ND.

“Revistas académicas chilenas: políticas editoriales y derechos de autor” está licenciada con una Creative Commons CC:BY y puede ser descargada gratuitamente acá.

Open access-knapp med søkefunksjon

CC Norway, October 29, 2014 08:19 AM   License: Navngivelse 3.0 Norge

OA logo

Nylig, under Open Access Week i London, ble Open Access Button relansert med nye funksjoner.

Den oppdaterte knappen er et nettleser plug-in som fungerer slik at når man søker etter en vitenskapelig artikkel på nettet, men støter på en betalingsvegg, så vil det bli søkt etter en alternativ versjon av samme artikkel som er fritt tilgjengelig. Dette kan for eksempel være en egen-arkivert versjon, eller ferdigstilt artikkel med annen typografi enn den publiserte versjonen. Dersom dette ikke fungerer på knappen gir funksjonalitet for å sende epost til forfatteren av artikkelen for å be om at en kopi av artikkelen gjøres tilgjengelig og deles til andre som trenger det. Knappen vil gjøre andre ting også, som å opprette en oversikt for hver artikkel som er forespurt, slik at forfattere kan se behovet for tilgang til sine verk. Til slutt knappen gjør det mulig å samle inn data og anekdoter, slik at dette kan benyttes til å dokumentere behovet for open access-tilgang til vitenskapelige verk.

Nedenfor er video-opptak fra lanseringen 21. oktober.

CC Science’s Indian November

Creative Commons, October 29, 2014 06:12 AM   License: Attribution 3.0 Unported

india2014We are in New Delhi and Mumbai for a number of presentations, workshops and meetings. Please come say hello if you are at these events or in the area.

SciDataCon2014 in New Delhi

The International Conference on Data Sharing and Integration for Global Sustainability (SciDataCon) is motivated by the conviction that the most research challenges cannot be addressed without attending to issues relating to research data essential to all scientific endeavors. However, several cultural and technological challenges are still preventing the research community from realizing the full benefits of progress in open access and sharing. CODATA and WDS, interdisciplinary committees of the International Council for Science (ICSU) are co-sponsoring and organizing a high profile international biennial conference at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Nov 2: A day long Text and data mining (TDM) workshop offered in collaboration with ContentMine

TDM is an important scientific technique for analyzing large corpora of articles used to uncover both existing and new insights in unstructured data sets that typically are obtained programmatically from many different sources. While the science and technology TDM is complex enough, its legal complications are equally dizzying. Not only is its legal status unclear at best, it varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction making cross-national collaboration difficult. Besides the license status of the original material, contractual agreements between research institutions and publishers, who are often the gatekeepers of the corpora, can create significant hurdles. The workshop offers an introduction to TDM, presenting the legal considerations through hands-on exercises.

Nov 3: How well is the data chain working?

Effective and efficient application of scientific data for the benefit of humanity entails agreed goals, clear and reproducible methods, and transparent communication throughout the data chain from producer to user via data organizer and research publisher. How well is that working? A Panel Discussion at the close of each day will summarise that day’s conclusions, and respond to the question of how well the data chain may be working from a trio of perspectives: Conference Organizer, data-management expert, and data producer.

Nov 5: Citing Data to Facilitate Multidisciplinary Research

Synthesis Data Citation Principles and Their Implications for TDM: Importance, Credit and Attribution, Evidence, Unique Identification, Access, Persistence, Specificity and Verifiability, and Interoperability and Flexibility: these eight important phrases describe the data citation principles agreed upon by the community and published under a joint declaration and endorsed by 185 individuals and 83 organizations. But, what are the implications of these principles beyond just citation, particularly with respect to automated analysis of large corpus of articles? This presentation will briefly present the principles, and then explore some of the issues that we have to come to grips with in order to make text and data mining (TDM) easy for scientists.

Nov 5: Challenges and Benefits of Open Science Data and International Data Sharing

Maximizing Legal Interoperability Through Open Licenses: Many scientists do think about interoperability as they have to work with colleagues from other domains. However, common interoperability efforts are focused on technical, and if we are lucky, semantic interoperability. Rarely do scientists think of legal interoperability in the design of their science experiments. Can my work be legally mixed with someone else’s work without violating any intellectual property (or worse, privacy and security) laws? Is my work portable across not just scientific domains but also across judicial boundaries? We attempt to shed light on some of these questions in this presentation.

Nov 5: Talk on CC/OKF open science activities to be given at the computer science dept., Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi

Jenny Molloy, OKFN Open Science and I will be introducing the young computer science students at IIT-Delhi on the various open science and data activities around the world. This talk is organized by Prof. Aaditeshwar Seth, Computer Science, IIT-Delhi.

Nov 6-8: Meetings on citizen science and sensors at the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), Mumbai

HBCSE at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai is a National Center with the broad goals to promote equity and excellence in science and mathematics education from primary school to undergraduate college level, and encourage the growth of scientific literacy in the country. We will be discussing with HBCSE’s metaStudio potential areas of collaboration in citizen science and the use of sensors in projects to accelerate the growth of scientific awareness in the country through direct public participation in science.

Mezinárodní CopyCamp Conference 2014

CC Czech Republic, October 28, 2014 05:17 PM   License: Uveďte autora 3.0 Česko

Už za týden ve dnech 6. – 7. 11. 2014 se koná ve Varšavě mezinárodní konference Copy Camp 2014, zaměřenou na vliv autoprských práv na informační společnost.

Konference, které je Iuridicum Remedium partnerskou organizací, bude hostit významné osobnosti, jako je Cory Doctorow nebo islandská umělkyně, politička a aktivistka Birgitta Jónsdóttir, ale i dalších 65 vystupujících umělců, právníků, sociálních vědců i pirátů a anarchistů, včetně dvou zástupců Creative Commons Česká republika – Matěje Myšky z Masarykovy univerzity a Jana Vobořila z IuRe.

Konference bude rozdělená do několika tématických celků:

  • CopyArt,
  • Economy of Culture,
  • Copyright and Education,
  • Technology and Innovation,
  • Copyright  and Human Rights,
  • Future of the Book,
  • Copyright Enforcement,
  • Future of Copyright,
  • Copyright Debate.

Konference je volně přístupná a je pouze nutné se zaregistrovat na . Pokud máte čas a chuť si udělat výlet do Polska, tak více informací najdete zde:



CC Taiwan, October 28, 2014 04:52 AM   License: 姓名標示-相同方式分享 3.0 台灣

創用CC是一種信念。」音樂創作人林強在《反思著作權-資訊公民的微革命》影展座談會上的分享。 由中研院資創中心「台灣創用CC計畫」所策劃的十月份大學CC影展座談會,14日、21日、23日分別於政治大學、台灣大學及東吳大學舉行。每場影展除播放紀錄片The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz(以下稱為《網路之子》),也邀請不同領域的講者分享帶領觀眾探討公眾授權及自由文化議題。

Uwolnić Projekt

CC Poland, October 26, 2014 06:00 PM   License: Uznanie autorstwa 2.5 Polska

“Uwolnić projekt” to pomysł na alternatywny sposób produkcji i dystrybucji wyrobów rzemieślniczych, rezygnujący z pośrednictwa wielkich komercyjnych dystrybutorów. “Uwolnić projekt” polega na projektowaniu współczesnych wersji dawnych, tradycyjnych przedmiotów codziennego użytku (mebli, ubrań, akcesoriów domowych), w oparciu o eksponaty Państwowego Muzeum Etnograficznego w Warszawie. Tak powstałe projekty zamieszczane są na stronie “Uwolnić projekt” na licencji CC-BY-ND.

Aby zaprojektowane przedmioty znalazły się w naszych domach, należy pobrać instrukcje ich wykonania, dostępne na stronie “Uwolnić projekt”  i zrealizować je samodzielnie, bądź zwrócić się z tym do rzemieślnika z naszego sąsiedztwa. Projekt może być wykonany wedle naszych instrukcji, aby dostosować go do naszych potrzeb – taka możliwość nie istnieje w przypadku kupna gotowych produktów ze sklepu.

Inicjatorem projektu jest Stowarzyszenie z Siedzibą w Warszawie oraz Państwowe Muzeum Etnograficzne w Warszawie/, we współfinansowaniu Ministra Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego.

Autorzy projektu wychodzą z założenia, iż rezultaty przedsięwzięć finansowanych ze środków publicznych, powinny być powszechnie i bezpłatnie dostępne.  Zgodnie zatem z licencją CC-BY-ND, projekty możemy wykorzystywać, kopiować, rozpowszechniać, także w celach komercyjnych, pod warunkiem prawidłowego oznaczenia autorstwa projektu (właściwego projektanta). Sporym ograniczeniem jest jednak brak możliwości tworzenia i wykorzystywania modyfikacji projektów.

Przegląd linków CC #154

CC Poland, October 26, 2014 02:46 PM   License: Uznanie autorstwa 2.5 Polska

Otwarta edukacja

1. Czy otwarte podręczniki mają wpływ na wyniki uczniów? Pierwsze takie badanie w edukacji nauk ścisłych przeprowadzono w USA i wyniki, choć różne dla różnych otwartych podręczników, wskazują na taką samą lub minimalnie wyższą efektywność zasobów otwartych od tradycyjnych. Liczymy na co raz więcej takich badań w przyszłości, które będą badać nie tylko podręczniki, ale szerszej wykorzystanie i wpływa otwartych zasobów edukacyjnych na wyniki uczniów.

2. Od niedawana aplikacja Wikipedii może informować Was również o tym jakie ciekawe rzeczy, opisane na niej znajdują się w Waszej okolicy.

3.  Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) przechodzi pod opiekę organizacji zajmującej się rozwojem standardu metadanych Dublin Core.

Otwarta nauka

5. Kolekcja Biblioteki Otwartej Nauki znalazła się w ubiegłym tygodniu w Cyfrowej Bibliotece Narodowej Polona.

6. Jakie wątpliwości, mity i  pytania na temat open access mają redakcje zgłaszające się do bazy bibliograficznej polskich naukowych czasopism humanistycznych i społecznych BazHum. Na blogu Centrum Cyfrowego możecie przeczytać jak radzą sobie z tym redaktorzy projektu.

7. Świetny projekt Open Access Button po roku od powstania został odświeżony i uruchomiony ponownie. Narzędzie służące mapowaniu ważnych artykułów, na które natrafiają czytelnicy w zamkniętym dostępie, ale można również znaleźć je również w otwartym dostępie.
Open Access Button

8. Różne są sposoby na świętowanie tygodnia otwartej nauki, nam najbardziej spodobał się pomysł na konkurs na memy związane z otwartym dostępem.

9. Na koniec tygodnia OA trochę krytycznie o rozwoju otwartego dostępu na blogu London School of Economics i pytanie czy Open Access rośnie tylko w siłę czy też w jakość?

Otwarte zasoby

10. Google opublikowało na wolnej licencji (CC BY-SA) zestaw swoich 750 ikon zaprojektowanych do użytku na stronach WWW czy urządzeniach mobilnych.


11. Do 12 listopada trwają konsultacje propozycji reformy ustawy o prawie autorskim i prawach pokrewnych. Prowadzone przez Min. Kultury konsultacje obejmują propozycje zmian ograniczenie dozwolonego użytku publicznego dla szkół oraz planowane wcześniej ograniczenia i nowe opłaty dla bibliotek.

12. Licencja Creative Commons BY SA jest od teraz kompatybilna z Free Art License, czyli wymóg copyleftowy zawarty w każdej z nich może zostać spełniony poprzez licencjonowanie utworu zależnego na jednej lub drugiej licencji.

2014 開放資料工作坊 (Open Data Workshop 2014)

CC Taiwan, October 24, 2014 02:20 AM   License: 姓名標示-相同方式分享 3.0 台灣

「開放資料 (Open Data)」已經是個熱門話題、眾所周知的關鍵詞,但是資料的釋出與使用涉及許多議題,而其中有許多議題是急待討論與釐清。承襲去年首次舉辦的「開放資料工作坊 (Open Data Workshop)」,自由軟體鑄造場、台灣創用 CC 計畫與關心開放資料的台灣社群朋友們,將在11月初共同舉辦「2014 開放資料工作坊 (Open Data Workshop 2014)」。今年的工作坊選定「政府與公民的協作」為主軸,並區分「政府開放資料政策與社群協同合作」、「開放研究資料」以及「防災資料開放、資料標準與合作」三個主題,來進一步探討政府部門、研究機構以及民間團體三方在資料開放與應用的過程中,如何透過協同合作來創造出開放資料真正的價值。歡迎有興趣的朋友報名參加!

Work In Progress: Contemporary Art Daily Data Analysis

Rob Myers, October 23, 2014 10:33 PM   License: Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International


Word clouds (don’t worry, there are heat maps as well ;-) ) of words from shows by city.

LRMI stewardship transferred to Dublin Core Metadata Initiative

Creative Commons, October 23, 2014 06:05 PM   License: Attribution 3.0 Unported



Re-post from:

Effective October 23, 2014, leadership and governance of the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI), an education metadata project developed to improve discoverability and delivery of learning resources, have transferred from the Association of Educational Publishers and Creative Commons to the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI).

This long-planned transfer represents a logical next step for the LRMI since the project has reached the end of its initial scope of work.  DCMI will take the leadership role in advancing the project into its next phase with AEP and CC engaged as active LRMI community members.

“Creative Commons and AEP are happy to add this governance transfer to the long list of successes we’ve achieved together on the LRMI project,” said Cable Green, Director of Global Learning at Creative Commons. “After a long and careful evaluation process, the LRMI leadership identified a candidate in DCMI that is well-established and highly respected in the metadata sector and will carry on the LRMI’s spirit of transparency and community involvement.”

“AEP has enjoyed the opportunity to work alongside our partners Creative Commons the past three years to get the LRMI effort off the ground, build a community of practice, and finally, to establish a plan for long-term sustainability for the project,” said Dave Gladney, Project Manager of the AEP LRMI project, which has been housed at the Association of American Publishers since the merger of AEP and AAP in July 2013. “With this transfer, we’re confident that we’re leaving the LRMI with the ideal steward for long-term success.”

“DCMI is pleased to assume stewardship of LRMI at this key, long-planned transition in its development,” said Eric Childress, DCMI Governing Board Chair. “Meeting the metadata needs of the education and training community has been a goal of DCMI since the founding of its Education Community in 1999. DCMI has played encouraging, advisory roles in development of the LRMI specification from the inception of Phase I technical development in 2011 under the leadership of AEP and Creative Commons. DCMI is now poised to provide LRMI with both a permanent home that assures the long-term sustainability of the specification and an open, collaborative context for future community-driven development.”

More information about the transfer and the project follows.


The LRMI began in 2011 shortly after the announcement of, a search engine-backed standard for tagging content on the web.   AEP and Creative Commons, with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, set out to extend the general hierarchy with a lightweight set of metadata properties that could describe the instructional intent of a web page, resource or piece of content.  The resulting LRMI specification version 1.1 was accepted as an official extension of in April 2013.  Additionally, AEP and Creative Commons have worked closely together throughout the past three years to meet dozens of important project milestones.

The third and final Gates-funded phase of the project focused on long-term sustainability and success.  Among other Phase III projects, the LRMI leadership team has worked over the past six months to identify the ideal next-phase steward for the LRMI specification.  This process included surveying the LRMI community, identifying potential candidates, measuring each candidate against a list of agreed-upon requirements and vetting candidates through a series of interviews.

Why DCMI was chosen

DCMI was chosen based on its status as a well-known, well-respected name in the metadata space; its open governance structure, which closely aligns with the open spirit of the LRMI; and its ongoing connection to the LRMI through the involvement of DCMI’s Managing Director and Education Community chair, Stuart Sutton, on the LRMI Technical Working Group.

DCMI’s next-stage priorities

DCMI stewardship of the LRMI specification will include:

  1. Moving the canonical representation of the specification from to with appropriate cross referencing between the two websites.
  2. Creating a permanent LRMI Task Group within the context and working processes of the DC Education Community to supplant the original LRMI Technical Working Group for:
    • Ongoing maintenance of the LRMI 1.1 specification
    • Assessment of open community input as the means for defining future development of the specification
    • Management of transparent editorial and decision-making processes in executing further developments
  3. Supporting open community communications through a Jiscmail list for the new LRMI Task Group (public “read”) and through the existing DC-Education Jiscmail list (public “join/read/write”).   Public conversations on the existing, open LRMI Google Group will be continued until the coordination of two public lists is deemed by DCMI to be no longer tenable. During this time, current members of the Google Group will be encouraged to join the Jiscmail lists.
  4. Initiating immediate engagement with to coordinate changes in its cross-referencing for LRMI and the potential development of additional developer/web master documentation at of those aspects of LRMI 1.1 it has adopted in support of learning resource markup.

For more information:


About Creative Commons

Creative Commons ( is a globally-focused nonprofit organization dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright. Creative Commons provides free licenses and other legal tools to give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions and get credit for their creative work while allowing others to copy, distribute, and make specific uses of it.

About the Association of Educational Publishers

The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) is the 501(c)(3) arm of the Association of American Publishers. At the inception of the LRMI in 2011, AEP was an independent organization serving the educational resource community with programs, events, advocacy, and thought leadership. In July of 2013, AEP merged with the AAP School Division to form the PreK-12 Learning Group. Most of AEP’s programs were transferred over to the newly-formed Learning Group pursuant to the merger, but LRMI projects and administration of grant funding continued on under the 501(c)(3).

About the Association of American Publishers

The members of AAP are building the future of publishing. AAP represents America’s premier creators of high-quality entertainment, education, scientific and professional published content. They include commercial and not-for-profit organizations, scholarly societies, university presses, educational technology companies and digital start-ups. These nearly 450 organizations dedicate the creative, intellectual, financial and technological investments to bring great ideas to life and deliver content to the world’s diverse audiences in all the ways they seek it.

About Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI)

DCMI is a global community that has played key roles in the development of best practices in metadata modeling, design and implementation since 1995. The DCMI community has developed and maintains some of the major languages of description used on the Web and in systems. DCMI’s principles of operation are open consensus building, international scope and participation, neutrality of purpose and business models, neutrality of technology, and a cross disciplinary focus. DCMI is a project of ASIS&T, a U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and is supported through membership programs for both individuals and organizations.

Kenya Ministry of ICT congratulates School of Open for transformative model of learning

Creative Commons, October 22, 2014 06:20 PM   License: Attribution 3.0 Unported

SOO Africa Launch Event
SOO Africa Launch Nairobi / CC BY / Phillip Ranja

Today the Mr. Joseph Tiampati, Principal Secretary of the Ministry of ICT of Kenya gave a speech to formally launch the School of Open Africa in Nairobi. The full text of the speech is below and also available as a PDF. In addition, a congratulatory message from Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology was delivered by Mr. John Temba, Head of ICT in Education at the Ministry. More info on the event from our announcement post yesterday.

Some highlights from the speech:

  • The Ministry recognizes Kenya as a signatory of UNESCO’s 2012 Paris Declaration on Open Educational Resources (OER) and that “open education resources improves the quality of teaching and learning, including by accelerating student comprehension and by providing more opportunities for the realisation of universal access to education.”
  • Kenya has developed and is rolling out a National ICT Master plan for the next five years. The Ministry recognizes “that Creative Commons through the School of Open Africa has provided a good example of innovative use of ICT in education that resonates well with the Kenya National ICT Master Plan… Open Education Resources coupled with innovative use of ICT in education will accelerate realization of a modern Kenya that will be a knowledge-based economy.”

And lastly,

“By using Open Educational Resources, OER, School of Open is opening up to many students who would have otherwise missed the opportunity of accessing education, especially in the marginalized areas which could not adequately access quality education. Ongoing, voluntary, and self- motivated pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons is one of the characteristics of the 21st Century. One of the major ways of promoting life-long learning is the continuous use of ICT innovations in education.

“I congratulate School of Open teams across Africa for the innovative and transformative mode of teaching and learning that we are launching today. This African initiative is a worthy model for other regions of the world to emulate.”

Congrats on a successful launch to our communities across Africa!


“Good morning.

“It gives me great pleasure to be here today as the Chief Guest during the launch of School of Open – Africa. I would like to begin by sincerely thanking Creative Commons Africa community and under the able coordination of Alex Gakuru and Tobias Schonwetter, and the global Creative Commons Community for inviting me to preside over this launch.

“I am happy to note the enthusiasm demonstrated by School of Open Africa in transforming education along Sustainable Development Goals proposed for post-2015 (Goal No. 4: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all”) and in line with the Kenya Vision 2030 which seeks to transform Kenya into a middle-income country that offers high quality of life to all citizens by the year 2030. I am happy to note how much School of Open Africa has grown in Kenya and embraced in countries like Senegal, Nigeria, and South Africa among other African countries in the last few years. I am informed that School of Open by Creative Commons is highly reputed around the world for addressing universal access to education.

SOO Africa Launch Event 5
Awarding CopyrightX certificates / CC BY / Phillip Ranja

“Kenya is a signatory to the UNESCO’s 2012 Paris Declaration on Open Education Resources licensed under Creative Commons open licenses. The use of open education resources improves the quality of teaching and learning, including by accelerating student comprehension and by providing more opportunities for the realisation of universal access to education. Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others.

“Fully aware of the role of education in a country’s development agenda, I am sure that the new initiatives being undertaken by School of Open Africa, the Creative Commons and UNESCO are making their contribution towards the social, economic, and political pillars which are the three fundamental cornerstones of our country, and indeed for our great continent.

“Ladies and gentlemen, as you may be aware, the Country’s development blue print is being implemented through successive five- year Medium Term Plans (MTPs) that will finally enable the country to achieve the long-term goals. We are now in the second medium term plan cycle (2013-2017) whose theme is “Transforming Kenya: Pathways to Devolution, Socio-economic Development, Equity and National Unity”. As you may be aware, the ICT Authority rolled out the National ICT Master plan that will set the pace for progression of the country in ICT for the next five years. The Master plan – once fully rolled out – will completely transform government processes, services and management, and make information access and service delivery more efficient. Again, the Master plan, with the flagship projects to pilot its implementation, will steer the march towards the digital future that will transform the country to a regional technical hub, raise the country’s competitiveness and align the country in line with vision 2030’s ICT goals.

“By launching the Kenya ICT Master Plan, the government revealed its commitment towards the enhancement of access to quality education and training through ICT in line with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). We are reviewing the National ICT Policy Guidelines to ensure alignment with proposed Sustainable Development Goals.
As a country, we are also privileged to have a National ICT Policy whose goal is to create a prosperous ICT-driven Kenyan society. With a well mainstreamed ICT society, we are assured of better livelihoods of Kenyans attainable through the availability of accessible, efficient, reliable and affordable ICT services.

“ICT provides a platform that enables the realization of these goals. I must emphasize that Creative Commons through the School of Open Africa has provided a good example of innovative use of ICT in education that resonates well with the Kenya National ICT Master Plan. The integration of ICT into educational programmes places both the teaching staff and students at the forefront in the utilization of ICT for the enhancement of lives.

“I note with great pleasure the freedom to re-purpose offered by openly licensed educational resources, the convenience online access to learners as alternative courses delivery and certification methods. At this juncture, ladies and gentlemen, I thank William Fisher III, Professor of Intellectual Property and his staff at the Berkman Centre for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School for providing a free copyright law course taught to graduands present today to receive their certificates. I also thank Michael Murungi (then CEO, National Council for Law Reporting or “Kenya Law”) and Alex Gakuru for successfully conducting the course in Nairobi. I must congratulate the former students and ask to make the very best use of the copyright law knowledge they acquired while also challenging all universities represented here to consider emulating the highly successfully CopyrightX initiative.

“As the government continues to work on modalities of ensuring universal access to education and increasing the internet penetration in all parts of the country, we are pleased to witness this mode of study that will definitely translate to affordable education. Open Education Resources coupled with innovative use of ICT in education will accelerate realization of a modern Kenya that will be a knowledge-based economy.

“By using Open Educational Resources, OER, School of Open is opening up to many students who would have otherwise missed the opportunity of accessing education, especially in the marginalized areas which could not adequately access quality education. Ongoing, voluntary, and self- motivated pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons is one of the characteristics of the 21st Century. One of the major ways of promoting life-long learning is the continuous use of ICT innovations in education.

“I congratulate School of Open teams across Africa for the innovative and transformative mode of teaching and learning that we are launching today. This African initiative is a worthy model for other regions of the world to emulate.

“As I conclude I take this opportunity to applaud UNESCO’s efforts and contribution in the development and growth of the country through this noble initiative that enables the primary, secondary and universities to optimize the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in learning. I acknowledge the generous financial support from the Hewlett Foundation and SOO Africa teams support by Google.

“With those remarks, it is now my pleasure to declare the School of Open Africa officially opened.

“Thank you.”

Build a commons for everyone

Creative Commons, October 22, 2014 04:42 PM   License: Attribution 3.0 Unported

I joined CC in June of this year, and immediately set out to update our strategy. I spent the summer working with our staff, affiliates, board, partners, and funders to understand the needs and the opportunities, and to plan for 2015 and beyond.

Today, we’re focused on three strategic objectives:

  1. A vibrant commons. Supporting the CC license suite so it’s easy to contribute to the commons —from improving the experience on platforms, to enhancing our license chooser, to translating the 4.0 licenses;
  2. A usable commons. Helping creators find and reuse the content they want and need, including exploring ways to improve search and content analytics, so creators can see where their content goes after they share it; and,
  3. A relevant commons. Leading a movement of individuals, organizations, and institutions who will inspire others to create the commons of creativity and knowledge we all want.

These three simple objectives will guide our work over the next year. If you share our goal of a more healthy and vibrant commons, we’re proud to work alongside you.

This month, we’ll launch our most ambitious annual campaign yet. We’re going to tell the story of the commons, its reach, and its potential, to make a compelling case for our work. We’ll share some exciting new projects that show how we’re building the next phase of CC.

I hope that you’ll make a donation, but equally as important, I hope you’ll help us spread the word and grow our community of donors to build a more sustainable organization.

Support Creative Commons

Creative Commons BY SA 4.0 uitwisselbaar met Free Art License 1.3

CC Netherlands, October 22, 2014 08:45 AM   License: Naamsvermelding 3.0 Nederland

Creative Commons heeft vandaag aangekondigd dat een van zijn licenties uitwisselbaar is met een licentie van een derde partij. De 1.3 versie van de Free Art License (FAL) is uitwisselbaar met de 4.0 versie van de Creative Commons BY SA licentie. Dit is goed nieuws voor mensen die materiaal willen hergebruiken omdat materiaal van beide licenties voor het eerst met elkaar (legaal) gecombineerd kunnen worden.


Move-Horizontally / P.J. Onori / CC BY

Het is niet altijd mogelijk om het ene Creative Commons gelicenseerde werk te combineren met een ander Creative Commons gelicenseerd werk. Dit is afhankelijk van de licentievoorwaarden. De relatie tussen verschillende Creative Commons  is al complex, zie onder, licenties van derden zijn nog veel moeilijker. Dat Creative Commons nu de Free Art License 1.3 as uitwisselbaar accepteert als de BY SA 4.0 licentie is een grote stap voor hergebruikers.

CC licentiecompatibiliteit

Creative Commons licentie compatibiliteit. Zoek in de bovenste rij de licentie van het werk en de eerste kolom van het werk dat je ermee wilt combineren. Alleen bij een groen vinkje mag je het werk combineren.

Meer informatie

  • Lees hier meer over de impact van deze uitwisselbaarheid.
  • Lees hier meer over de uitwisselbaarheid van de Creative Commons Licenties.
  • Op Wikimedia Commons kan je een grote collectie met FAL-gelicenseerd werk vinden.

Creative Commons: Mehr Kompatibilität und neue Strategie

Markus Beckedahl, October 22, 2014 07:20 AM   License: Namensnennung-Nicht-kommerziell-Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen 2.0 Deutschland

Ein Problem von offene Lizenzen wie Creative Commons ist fehlende Kompatibilität verschiedener Lizenzen. Die modulare und damit flexiblere Konstruktion von Creative Commons hat dieses Problem noch einmal verschärft, weil beispielsweise Inhalte, die nur zur nicht-kommerziellen Nutzung freigegeben sind (NC-Lizenzen), sich nicht mit Inhalten unter der von der Wikipedia genutzten Lizenz Namensnennung-Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen (BY-SA) integrieren lassen. Was die BY-SA-Lizenz auszeichnet ist das “Copyleft”-Prinzip, das analog zur GPL-Lizenz im Softwarebereich entwickelt wurde.

Logo der Licence Art Libre

Logo der Licence Art Libre

Schon vor der Veröffentlichung der ersten Version von Creative Commons Ende 2002 gab es bereits andere Copyleft-Lizenzen für Inhalte jenseits von Software. Die bekannteste ist vermutlich die ursprünglich für Softwaredokumentation entworfene GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL), unter der anfänglich auch die Wikipedia stand.

Ebenfalls älter als Creative Commons ist die in Frankreich im Jahr 2000 veröffentlichte Copyleft-Lizenz “Licence Art Libre” (Free Art License, FAL). Erst gestern aber wurden FAL und BY-SA offiziell für kompatibel erklärt (vgl. auch Liste kompatibler Lizenzen). Ab sofort ist damit eine wechselseitige Integration von Inhalten unter den beiden Lizenzen ohne Rechteklärung möglich.

Creative Commons steigt in App-Entwicklung ein

Verbunden mit dem Wechsel an der Spitze von Creative Commons von Catherine Casserly zu Ryan Merkley sind offensichtlich auch neue Strategien wie ein Einstieg in App-Entwicklung. Bereits letzte Woche gab Merkley bekannt, dass Creative Commons von der Knights Foundation Gelder für die Erstellung einer Smartphone App eingeworben hatte. Die Idee beschreibt Merkley wie folgt (meine Übersetzung):

Wir werden eine mobile App entwickeln, die Leute zum Erstellen und Teilen von Fotos auf einer Liste der “meistgewünschten” Bilder ermuntert. Organisationen und Einzelpersonen können einen Aufruf erstellen und Nutzer werden um Beteiligung gebeten – inklusive (für jene, die das möchten) geo-basierter Hinweise (“Ryan, wir sehen, dass Du beim Mozilla Festival bist. Könntest Du ein Foto von hackenden Codern machen?”). Alle Bilder werden in ein öffentliches Repositorium hochgeladen und unter CC-BY lizenziert werden, sodass jeder sie nutzen kann. Kreative werden so eine breitere Nutzung ihrer Werke erreichen und möglicherweise um das beste Foto “konkurrieren”. Intern nennen wir es “Die Liste, powered by Creative Commons”.

Man darf gespannt sein, wie erfolgreich der Einstieg von Creative Commons ins App-Geschäft laufen wird. Der Mut zu Experimenten und neuen Strategien für mehr Lizenznutzung ist aber jedenfalls begrüßenswert.

10/23 中午 創用CC影展--東吳場

CC Taiwan, October 22, 2014 02:23 AM   License: 姓名標示-相同方式分享 3.0 台灣

2014創用CC影展座談最後一場,將於 10/23 中午1200-1500在東吳大學城區校區 崇基樓二樓1205教室舉辦。

除了會一起看紀錄片The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz 外,還邀請到東吳大學學法系林利芝副教授,與音樂創作人朱約信先生,分別從法律觀點以及音樂創作人的角度,來分享他們對於自由文化的想法。

Open Access Button launches with new features

Creative Commons, October 22, 2014 12:33 AM   License: Attribution 3.0 Unported

Open Access Button / CC BY 2.0

Today at an Open Access Week event in London, the Open Access Button was re-launched with new features “to help researchers, patients, students and the public get access to scientific and scholarly research.” The Open Access Button originally was created in response to researchers running into paywalls or other control mechanisms when they attempted to read and re-use scholarly journal articles.

The beta Open Access Button–released in November 2013–documented these stymied research efforts, tracking nearly 10,000 instances of denied access due to paywalls. The updated button is a browser plug-in that enables a person who conducts a similar search–but who is once again denied access–to explore other options in order to get access to the paper. It does this by conducting a search for a freely-available version of the research article on the web, for example a preprint or unformatted version of a finalized article manuscript. If this does not work the button provides the functionality to send an email to the author of the article to ask that a copy of the article be made available and shareable to others who need it. The button will do other things, too, such as creating a unique listing for each paper that is requested, so that authors can view demand for access to their works. Finally, the button aims to collect data and anecdotes arising from its use in order to feed advocacy and reform efforts related to the scholarly communications and publishing system.

The Open Access Button is an interesting tool because it both increases awareness of a problem within the academic publishing ecosystem and strives to deliver needed articles into the hands of the researchers to conduct their work. It is informational, empowering, and practical. Anyone can now install the Open Access Button. Congratulations to the terrific team on extending a creative and useful tool in support of open access to scholarly research.

Below is the video recording from the Open Access Button launch on 21 October. Keep an eye on the CC blog and Open Access Week website for more information about OA events this week.

Big win for an interoperable commons: BY-SA and FAL now compatible

Creative Commons, October 21, 2014 10:08 PM   License: Attribution 3.0 Unported

FAL 1.3 now compatible with CC BY-SA 4.0
Move-Horizontally / P.J. Onori / CC BY

Glühwendel brennt durch

Glühwendel brennt durch / Stefan Krause / FAL 1.3

This FAL-licensed photo was selected as Wikimedia Commons’ 2013 Picture of the Year.

Like CC Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA), the Free Art License (FAL 1.3) is a copyleft license, meaning that it requires licensees to share their adaptations under the same license. Therefore, it’s impossible to create an adaptation that combines works under both BY-SA and FAL. Until now.

Today, we’re proud to announce in collaboration with that the Free Art License 1.3 and CC Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 are now compatible.

With this compatibility declaration, anyone remixing a work under FAL can license her remix under BY-SA. Similarly, people can adapt works under BY-SA and license them under FAL, or mix works under both licenses and license the resulting works under either license or both.

From the beginning, Creative Commons ShareAlike licenses were designed with interoperability in mind. We believe that the commons is at its best when there are as few walls as possible preventing people from mixing and combining its works. As CC co-founder Lawrence Lessig noted when speaking of compatibility between BY-SA and the FAL, “Our idea was eventually that it [wouldn’t] matter which of the free licenses you were in as long as you could move into the equivalent free license that would be CC compatible.”

Today, this idea has been realized, and there is one less barrier preventing licensees from remixing and combining openly licensed works.

This is a special moment for another reason. Originally drafted in 2000, the Free Art License is one of the first copyleft licenses designed for content, not software. It’s only fitting that it become the first third-party license to be declared compatible with CC BY-SA.

See our Compatible Licenses page for more information. If you’d like to learn more about the steps that led to this announcement, see this page on the CC Wiki.

We applaud and congratulate and its community on this shared achievement. Thanks to Antoine Moreau and the team at CC France for their support throughout this process.

What’s next? Since the CC licenses launched, many people have dreamed of compatibility between BY-SA and the GNU General Public License (GPLv3), a widely-used copyleft software license. Sometimes when reusing openly licensed content in software, it can be difficult to discern where the content ends and the software begins. Allowing developers to license their adaptations of BY-SA content under the GPL would prevent a lot of licensing headaches.

CC will begin to tackle GPL compatibility with a proposal and preliminary analysis in the coming weeks. If you’d like to listen in or get involved, subscribe to our license development list. announcement (français)

Ministries of ICT, Education, & UNESCO join to formally launch School of Open Africa

Creative Commons, October 21, 2014 04:22 PM   License: Attribution 3.0 Unported

As promised last week, here are the details around the formal launch event for School of Open Africa taking place in Nairobi tomorrow morning.

SOO AfricaV3
SOO logo here. Earth CC BY by Erin Standley, Noun Project.

Our Creative Commons and School of Open volunteers in Kenya, including CC Regional Coordinator Alex Gakuru, are hosting a formal launch event of School of Open Africa in celebration of the School of Open programs launched last month in Africa, and to announce new programs in higher education. The event will feature a panel discussion with senior government officials from the Kenyan Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and Ministry of ICT along with Dr. Bitange Ndemo (University of Nairobi) and regional representatives from UNESCO and Google regarding the status of open education in Africa, School of Open’s contributions and future. Alex says,

“This event will help establish a conversation platform for policymakers around School of Open Africa, connecting and synchronising education and ICT policies with the innovative open education programs being led by Creative Commons volunteers in Africa. It will also connect current School of Open programs in primary and high school education to academia and NRENs1 — towards the realisation of the international aspiration for universal access to education.”

Additional attendees include professors from local universities and law schools; participants of the copyright law course, CopyrightX:Kenya, who will be awarded certificates of completion; our CC Kenya affiliates; and School Open Kenya leads.

CopyrightX Kenya
CopyrightX Kenya / CC Kenya / CC BY

In addition to the panel, SOO Kenya’s Simeon Oriko will present on School of Open Africa programs led to date, and Dr. Tonny Omwansa with C4DLab at the University of Nairobi will announce a new School of Open program to develop OER courses for higher education. This program will serve as a model for other universities across Africa to develop high quality open educational resources for use in higher education under CC BY. In celebration, CC t-shirts in Kiswahili will be distributed, “mwananchi mbunifu,” aka ‘creative commoner.’

soo africa launch shirts2

The event is hosted at the Serena Hotel in Nairobi and will last from 9am-1pm, followed by a celebratory lunch. The event and new OER program in higher education is made possible with technical support from UNESCO and generous financial support from the Hewlett Foundation.

About the School of Open


The School of Open is a global community of volunteers that provides free education opportunities on the meaning, application, and impact of “openness” in the digital age and its benefit to creative endeavors, education, and research. Volunteers develop and run courses, workshops, and training programs on topics such as Creative Commons licenses, open educational resources, and sharing creative works. The School of Open is coordinated by Creative Commons and P2PU, a nonprofit that builds and supports learning communities on the web.

Ανοικτό κάλεσμα για συμμετοχη στην διοργάνωση του 3ου Φεστιβαλ των Κοινών στο Ηράκλειο Κρήτης

CC Greece, October 21, 2014 02:16 PM   License: Αναφορά Δημιουργού 3.0 Ελλάδα

Η Οργανωτική Ομάδα του 2ου Φεστιβάλ των Κοινών σας προσκαλεί στη συνάντηση που θα γίνει την Παρασκευή 24 Οκτωβρίου στις 19:00 στην αίθουσα Περτσαλίδη του Εργατικού Κέντρου Ηρακλείου.

Το Φεστιβάλ των Κοινών αποτελεί μια πρωτοβουλία για την προώθηση της ελεύθερης γνώσης και της ομότιμης συνεργασίας για τη δημιουργία και τη διαχείριση των κοινών.

Φέτος θέλουμε να ξανα-διοργανώσουμε για τρίτη συνεχή χρονιά στη πόλη του Ηρακλείου αυτό το Φεστιβάλ.

Συνεχίζοντας την προσπάθεια μας για ανοικτές διαδικασίες, θα θέλαμε να προσκαλέσουμε όποιον επιθυμεί να συμμετέχει στην οργάνωση και τον σχεδιασμό του Φεστιβάλ.

Αν ενδιαφέρεστε να ενημερωθείτε για το τι σκεφτόμαστε για το Φεστιβάλ των Κοινών 2015 ή θέλετε να έχετε την εμπειρία της οργάνωσης ενός ανοικτού φεστιβάλ που προτείνει λύσεις για την διαχείριση των αναγκών μας στο καθεστώς διαρκούς κρίσης που βιώνουμε, σας περιμένουμε για να δούμε μαζί πώς μπορούμε να σχεδιάσουμε τον κόσμο που θέλουμε μέσα στον κόσμο που θέλουμε να ξεπεράσουμε.

Οργανωτική ομάδα 2ου Φεστιβάλ των Κοινών

Περισσότερες πληροφορίες εδώ.

Google stelt 750 iconen vrij onder Creative Commons-licentie

CC Netherlands, October 21, 2014 09:52 AM   License: Naamsvermelding 3.0 Nederland

Het Google Material Design-project heeft vorige week 750 iconen vrij gemaakt voor hergebruik. Ze hebben de iconen opgesteld met de Creative Commons-licentie Naamsvermelding-GelijkDelen.  Dit wil zeggen dat de afbeeldingen gebruikt kunnen worden voor alle doeleinden, zolang de bron vermeld wordt en de iconen in nieuwe werken ook CC BY-SA blijven. Google geeft aan dat ze ontworpen zijn om in apps en andere interactieve omgevinden gebruikt te worden, maar zijn uiteraard ook geschikt voor presentaties, posters, flyers en dergelijke. Kijk op deze pagina hoe je goed aan deze voorwaarden kan voldoen.

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Een greep uit de nieuwe iconen (Google Material Design Project, CC BY-SA).

Veel plezier met het uitproberen van deze nieuwe iconen!

Work In Progress: Some Art

Rob Myers, October 21, 2014 06:44 AM   License: Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International


“Some Art”, html5 canvas and JavaScript animation, 2014. Work in progress.

創用CC影展--台大場 今晚登場!

CC Taiwan, October 21, 2014 02:07 AM   License: 姓名標示-相同方式分享 3.0 台灣

今晚除了會一起看這部剛出爐的紀錄片The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz 外,也邀請到中華民國視覺藝術聯盟理事長駱麗真老師,以及台灣師範大學媒體素養研究中心主任陳炳宏老師,分別從視覺創作、媒體角度來分享他們對於自由文化的觀點。



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Open Access Week 2014 is underway

Creative Commons, October 20, 2014 07:34 PM   License: Attribution 3.0 Unported


Today begins the 8th annual Open Access Week. Open Access Week is a week-long celebration and educational opportunity to discuss and promote the practice and policy of Open Access to scholarly literature–“the free, immediate, online availability of research articles, coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment.” Open Access Week has become a huge international initiative, including dozens of in-person and virtual events, the launch of OA-related projects, and the development and publishing of materials and tools supporting education about the benefits, challenges, and opportunity for open access to scholarly research. This year’s Open Access Week theme is “Generation Open”:

The theme will highlight the importance of students and early career researchers as advocates for change in the short-term, through institutional and governmental policy, and as the future of the Academy upon whom the ultimate success of the Open Access movement depends. The theme will also explore how changes in scholarly publishing affect scholars and researchers at different stages of their careers.

Check the feed at for hundreds of posts about the variety of activities hosted this week, and share what you’re doing on Twitter using the hashtag #OAWeek2014. There’s already many interesting things happening, with more to come this week! Follow the CC blog, Twitter, and Facebook for more.

Om å publisere en fagfellevurdert open access bok

CC Norway, October 20, 2014 08:54 AM   License: Navngivelse 3.0 Norge


Professor Jill Walker Rettberg ved Universitet i Bergen har akkurat publisert sin siste bok som en fagfellevurdert open access bok. Boka er tilgjengelig under CC-BY 3.0, og du kan altså laste ned ebok-utgaven (PDF, epub, Kindle) gratis.

På sin egen blogg og skriver hun om motivasjonen for å benytte open access-publisering, og om prosessen med forlaget fram til ferdig bok. Dette er vel verdt å lese for alle som er interessert i denne publiseringsformen.

Av fortellingen framgår at manuskriptet gikk gjennom fagfellevurdering på vanlig måte og ble akseptert av forlaget (Palgrave) før man inngikk avtale om open access-publisering. Hadde boka blitt solgt på ordinær måte hadde den sannsynligvis kostet £45-£65. Ved å frikjøpe den for open access-publisering (prisen på frikjøp var £7500) kan fysiske kopier selges for £20 og ebok-utgaven lastes ned gratis.

Przegląd linków CC #153

CC Poland, October 19, 2014 08:18 PM   License: Uznanie autorstwa 2.5 Polska

Otwarta edukacja

1. W czwartek odbyła się premiera testowych części e-podręczników dla klas 1-3 z projektu Cyfrowa Szkoła. Nowe części podręczników wywołały ekscytacje i kontrowersje. Przy okazji wyjaśniła się przyczyna tylko częściowej dostępności zasobów testowych Cyfrowej Szkoły na wolnych licencjach. Jest to spowodowane odbieraniem od wykonawców praw do poszczególnych części testowych jeszcze przed ich przekazaniem praw autorskich do Ośrodka Rozwoju Edukacji.

2. W gościnnym wpisie założyciela firmy Boundless, tworzącej otwarte cyfrowe podręczniki akademickie na blogu Creative Commons możecie przeczytać o tym jak można zbudować komercyjne przedsięwzięcie na bazie otwartych zasobów i jaką rolę odgrywają w nim nie tylko klienci, ale również społeczność twórców i użytkowników.

3. Tymczasem wydawnictwo OpenStax, również tworzące otwarte podręczniki akademickie podsumowało 3 lata swojej działalności obliczeniem, że studentom którzy korzystają z jego oferty zaoszczędzili 30 milionów dolarów.

4. Jeśli interesuje Was jak uniwersytety i wydawnictwa obliczają takie oszczędności jak wspomniane wyżej OpenStax zajrzyjcie na blog Clinta Lalonde, któr opisuje jak dział na uczelni BC Campus, od dwóch lat realizującej program otwartych podręczników i materiałów do kursów.

5. David Willey pisze o wpływie aktualnie zachodzących zmian w edukacji (roli upowszechniającego się dostępu technologii i internetu, otwartości zasobów i praktyk edukacyjnych) na społeczeństwo, zwłaszcza poprzez radykalne obniżenie kosztu

6. Edukator Medialny skomentował bardzo szczegółowo nasz artykuł o otwartych podręcznikach w Gazecie Wyborczej, podkreślając szerszy kontekst pedagogiczny, kluczowy dla wprowadzenia skutecznej zmiany w edukacji.

Otwarta nauka

7. Paperity – multidyscyplinarny agregator czasopism i artykułów w otwartym dostępie (open access) publikowanych w modelu złotym lub hybrydowym.

8. Dzięki ICM UW dostępny jest polski przekład książki Petera Suber’a “Otwarty dostęp”. To już klasyczna pozycja będąca przewodnikiem po zagadnieniach otwartego dostępu do wyników badań i nauki.

9. Jutro (20.10) zaczyna się międzynarodowy tydzień otwartej nauki (Open Access Week), pierwsze wydarzenia już trwają, a listę nadchodzących możecie sprawdzić na

Open Rubens


Otwarte zasoby

10. Jeśli znacie język niderlandzki lub jesteście w stanie poruszać się po stronie bez jego znajomości (np. z tłumaczem online) to polecamy Wam wirtualne archiwum prac Petera Paula Rubensa stworzone w ramach projektu Europeana Space, które udostępnia nie tylko prace ale również otwarte dane na temat obrazów i ich historii.